Stair step Cards and a Sweet Treat Cup or two

Hi All,

I have to confess to a new addiction…Stair Step Cards.   I’ve seen quite a few tutorials floating around not to mention quite a few samples of various kinds of stair step cards but it wasn’t until I saw Dawn’s video here that I finally jumped in and realized just how quick and easy (not to mention addicting) these little guys are.  Dawn’s version that is a CASE of a swap card when folded is the same size as a basic card that fits an A2 envelope so perfect for mailing though may, depending on embellishments, require extra postage.  Here’s a couple recently completed though once again the photos don’t really do them justice.

The first is a combo Stair Step and Sweet Treat Cup card that used the petal stamp from Sweet Centers to create my loose interpretation of a sunflower.  Since recent SAS’s have included a bonus project using these in a Christmas Card I also wanted to show people how to use the Sweet Centers stamps and the Sweet Treat cards in a non holiday way as well.  I was also inspired by Jackies card as seen here.  Of course if you don’t have the Sweet Centers stamp set you could also use one of the oval punches to create your flower petals or a stamp set like Pick a Petal.

I had a bit of trouble getting the stamp to work evenly around the cup on a single layer (my shaky hands so not the fault of the stamp though a bit of practice might be required)  so moved on to cutting the petals out and attaching them instead.  More Mustard paper was used with more Mustard Ink and then a combination of More Mustard ink and Real Red was sponged and daubed onto the petals to add some color variation.  I also punched out a covering ring with a 1 – 3/4″ punch then traced and  cut around that in a loosely even circle (using the base of the treat cup’s lip as a template)  and embossed polka dots around the ring with my Crop a Dile then sponged on Soft Suede ink.  There is a pocket with sliding door (you can see the pull tab sticking out between the petals) in the back that will allow access to the Sunflower bird seeds I plan to put inside the treat cup.   Harder to see is the element on the middle step that started with a  1-3/8″ Circle Punch piece and had Boho Flower Punch elements layered along with some embossed flowers cut out of a sheet embossed with the Petals a Plenty Impressions Folder held on with Gold brads.  Also stamped on the circle is the 24-7 image from Friends 24-7.   The idea was that the Friends text stamp set up on dimensionals on the first step would be read first and then the 24-7 on the second step leading on to the cardinal looking lovingly at the sunflower seeds on the main panel.   Friends feed friends right?   The cardinal is from the set Cardinal Christmas in the main catalog Christmas section and stamped in Real Red then that image panel sponged around the edge with More Mustard.   The berry branch image stamped in Soft Suede along the front is from Always.   The second picture gives you a side view showing the steps more clearly and the third is a close up with the sunflower seeds inserted.  The last picture was an attempt at a flattened card so you could see how it’s all laid out on a sheet that started out at 5 -1/2 x 8 -1/2 before the cuts and folds were made.





Stamps: Always, Cardinal Christmas, Friends 24-7, Sweet Centers (2009 Holiday mini)

Cardstock: Soft Suede, More Mustard, Real Red, Very Vanilla

Ink: More Mustard, Real Red, Soft Suede

Other: Gold Brads, Sweet Treat Cup, dimensionals, Stamping Sponge, Sponge Daubers, Trimmer (cutting and scoring), Bone Folder, Boho Flower Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, 1- 3/4″ Circle Punch, Sticky Tape, Round Tab Punch, Crop a Dile


The next stair step card is one that’s been perking in the back of my brain for a bit.  I wanted to combine the images from Friends 24-7 (one of my favorite stamp sets) with a text from God’s Blessings to tell a friend how very dear and special she is.   Used one of my flowers from my Card Candy post on this one as Very Vanilla, Real Red, Mellow Moss, Kraft and Soft Suede all seemed to work with it.  I love the softness of the Suede, Moss, Kraft and Vanilla contrasted with the brightness of the Red.  The bird was stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla and then cut out, sponged a bit with Mellow Moss and Soft Suede on the branch and then popped up with dimensionals.  The background panel had the Damask image stamped in Mellow Moss then Mellow Moss sponged lightly over the panel and the edges.



Stamps: Friends 24-7, God’s Blessings, Baroque Motifs (flower stamp)

Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Real Red Textured Cardstock, Kraft, Cerise DSP (retired) used in flower)

Ink: Real Red, Mellow Moss, Soft Suede

Other: Gold Brad, Dimensionals, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, 1″ Circle Punch, Boho Flower Punch, Paper snips, Trimmer, Bone Folder

And a close up showing the card when flattened for mailing – fits perfectly in a standard A2 envelope:



Lastly is a reworked version of a Sweet Treat cup from an earlier Stamp Camp (shown here).   I wanted to add a pocket and slider to the back and also had discovered that a tent style card would be less likely to be pulled over from the weight of the Sweet Treat cup when full of candy.  You’ll notice however that the candy is missing from this one….Hm…wonder how that could have happened…a midnight craving for red hots maybe?  Hee, hee,hee…I’ll never tell!  I also just noticed that the white craft ink stars are also missing?  Hm…must have grabbed my original sample by mistake from when I was working out the pocket.   I also created templates so that other stampers wouldn’t have to keep recreating the placement of the punch for each of the various layers.








With the templates, card production was reduced to under 10 minutes once I got the hang of the process.  Also rediscovered that using sticky strip for the pocket and the layer on top of the sweet treat cup was essential!  


Stamps: Sweet Centers,  Four the Holidays

Ink: Classic: Glorious Green, Green Galore, Real Red, White Craft

Paper: Real Red, Glorious Green and Whisper White Cardstock

Other: Real Red striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Gold Brad, Sparkle and Shine Jumbo Wheel (holiday mini), Elastic Gold Cord, Sweet Treat cups, Round Tab Punch, Sticky Strip


Hope you enjoyed these.  Give Dawn’s tutorial a look in and then try some of your own.  I found it helpful to make the base for one while following the tutorial.  With the use of the pause/play button it’s easy to keep up and get a base made.   Then the design fun begins.

And as always if you need help, have questions or would like to place an order please email me with your request and I’ll get back to you pronto.  

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Though a bit grumpy today Sandycat thanks you for looking in as well!



3 Responses

  1. Oh your cards are fantastic, Jean! I want to make one myself. And give Sandycat a scratch for me, k?

  2. Three fabulous cards, Jean!! I love your stair step cards.. what fun. And the slider for the sweet treat cup is such a wonderful idea! Cats are so funny… love the picture of your Sandycat all sassy on what must be a favorite perch in front of the window. Don’t you just wonder though what on earth they have to be grumpy about? LOL

  3. […] This is the original stamp set that came out before the clear mount option was made available.  You can see a card I made using the flowers and leaves last year here. […]

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